The Rame Peninsula and Cawsand
Often described as Cornwall’s forgotten corner, the Rame peninsula is a beautiful landscape of tidal creeks, sandy beaches, lush farmland and country parks.
Small villages hide at the heads of creeks, waiting to be discovered by adventurous travellers, whilst the stretch of coast fronting onto Whitsand Bay offers fantastic views and great walking along the South West Coast Path.
Rame Head, at the eastern end of Whitsand Bay, guards Plymouth Sound from the prevailing winds. It is crowned by the remains of a 14th Century chapel, dedicated to St Michael and is a popular spot for birdwatchers. The nearby Penlee Battery, a disused Napoleonic fort, is now a nature reserve.
The main town of the area is Torpoint, a crossing point on the Tamar River for at least 200 years. Its links with Plymouth extend beyond the ferries chains, having the Naval training base of HMS Raleigh just outside the town. Antony House, a National Trust property, is also just outside the town. The 18th century house sits in grounds running down to the waterside and is bordered by a large woodland garden which was used for filming Tim Burtons ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in 2009.
Sheltered by the headland, Cawsand overlooks Plymouth Sound and adjoins Kingsand. There are frequent bus and ferry services to the city of Plymouth and in the summer a ferry service runs from Cawsand beach to Plymouth Hoe.